State of the AFC South Following Free Agency
By Evan Reller
Nov 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) looks for an open receiver during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Key Additions: OLB Brian Orakpo, TE Anthony Fasano, WR Harry Douglas, S Da’Norris Searcy, re-signed LB Derrick Morgan
Key Losses: OT Michael Roos (retired), S Bernard Pollard, QB Jake Locker (retired)
This team has a lot of holes across the roster and its doubtful that many people can name more than a couple players on the roster. They’ve taken steps to improve a defense that sat near the bottom of the league by upgrading at safety and linebacker.
The Titans have stated that they are all-in on Zach Mettenberger as their starting QB. That seems to mean they’ll pass on drafting Marcus Mariota and focus on other needs. This makes sense unless they are willing to commit to a spread offense with Mariota, and it seems like few coaches want to do that.
Mettenberger started in six games last season but missed the final three with a separated AC joint in his throwing shoulder. He wasn’t terrible by any means last season and didn’t have much to work with offensively.
The Titans are another team hoping for an improvement from their second year QB. They’ll have a good idea if he’s the offensive leader going forward after a few games next season.
The biggest thing the Titans have going for them is the number two pick in the draft. While they need a QB, the smart move would be to draft USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who is probably the best player in the draft. Williams will fit in with any defense and can change the way you approach the game.